Enucleation (surgery)

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As a general surgical technique, enucleation refers to the surgical removal of a mass without cutting into or dissecting it.

Removal of the eye[edit]

Enucleation refers to removal of the eyeball itself, while leaving surrounding tissues intact.

Removal of oral cysts and tumors[edit]

In the context of oral pathology, enucleation involves removal of all tissue (both hard and soft) involved in a lesion.[1]

Removal of uterine fibroids (leiomyomata)[edit]

Enucleation is removal of fibroids without removing the uterus (hysterectomy), which is also commonly performed.


  1. ^ Marx, Robert E.; Stern, Diane (2003). Oral and maxillofacial pathology: a rationale for diagnosis and treatment. Chicago: Quintessence. p. 684. ISBN 0-86715-390-3.